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M I S H A N E M T S O V is principal cellist of the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. He plays a copy of the Marquis de Corberon Stradivari cello made by Robin Aitchison in 2016. As a soloist Misha has performed all over the world. Recent highlights include performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, the RNCM Chamber Orchestra, Liverpool Mozart Orchestra and London Festival Orchestra. Misha was the recipient of the Pierre Fournier Award in 2011 and as well as this he has been a Silver Medal winner from the Rostropovich Memorial International Competition, the Muriel Taylor Scholarship, Silver Medal of The Worshipful Company of Musicians, Gold Medal of the Royal Northern College of Music and twice recipient of MBF Guilhermina Suggia Gift. Misha and his sister Elena form the Nemtsov duo, who are winners of the Swedish International Duo Competition as well as the 3rd prize winner of the Pinerolo International Chamber Music Contest. https://www.nemtsovduo.com/
S T E P H E N O R T O N is principal cellist in the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and is also the cellist of the Chilingirian Quartet. He plays a copy of a c.1740 Montagnana cello made by Robin Aitchison in 2001. Stephen was born in Ripon, Yorkshire, and studied with William Pleeth at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has been principal cello with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the City of London Sinfonia and was also a member of the Delme Quartet for ten years. He has acted as guest principal cello with the London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia. In 1985 Stephen became principal cello with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and has played concertos with the orchestra. He is also a member of the Academy Chamber Ensemble, touring internationally and making numerous recordings. Stephen became cellist of the Chilingirian Quartet following the retirement of Philip de Groote in 2013
M A T T H E W S H A R P is a renowned cellist, baritone, and actor. He plays a 2013 copy of the ex-Pergamenschikow Montagnana cello c.1735 by Robin Aitchison, pictured here.
After studying at the Köln Musikhochschule with Boris Pergamenschikow, Matthew has performed at major venues and festivals worldwide. He has appeared with the RPO, LPO, RLPO, CBSO, EUCO, Manchester Camerata and Ural Philharmonic, given solo performances at the Glastonbury and Latitude festivals, recorded for Sony, Naxos and Avie, given over fifty world premieres, appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall, SBC and Salle Gaveau, and broadcast widely on TV and Radio.
J O S E P H I N E H O R D E R studied in London, Salzburg and Düsseldorf. Her career in chamber music has included many performances at the Wigmore Hall, and the South Bank as well as numerous recordings for radio. She is a committed and highly respected cello teacher.
With her husband Paul Barritt she runs a successful and popular series of chamber concerts in and around Tring, Hertfordshire. In 2015 she graduated after a 4-year training as a Feldenkrais Method practitioner and runs specialist Feldenkrais workshops for musicians, whether professionals, amateurs or students. Jo plays an enlarged copy of a Milan period Guadagnini cello c1755 made by Robin in 2012, pictured here.
J O H N C A T L O W trained as a cellist at the Royal Manchester College of Music (predecessor of the RNCM). He then embarked on a long and varied orchestral career with the LSO, the Hallé Orchestra as co-principal cello and, for eleven years as Principal Cello with the ENO. John has been retired for eleven years but is still very active both playing and conducting two choirs. He plays a copy of the Marquis de Corberon Stradivari made for him by Robin in 2012. ‘Robin’s cello has given great momentum to my enthusiasm. I play this splendid Strad model every day and always wish that I had had it during my professional career.’
S A M A R A G I N S B E R G is a London-based freelancer doing a mix of solo, chamber music, orchestral playing and session work.
She is also involved in comedy, working regularly with Rainer Hersch and Graffiti Classics.
She plays a copy of a Milan period Guadagnini cello c1755 made for her by Robin in 2016, pictured here.
A L E X A N D E R G A R R E T T is an up-an-coming cellist who is currently training at the Royal Academy of Music in London. At the Academy he has had the opportunity to perform with top international musicians including concert pianist Murray Perahia and harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock and under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, Semyon Bychkov, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Sir Christopher Warren Green. He has been invited for audition by numerous orchestras across Europe, including the Swedish Radio Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris and Arctic Philharmonic. He aspires to one day hold a full-time position with a notable orchestra.
Alexander plays a copy of the Marquis de Corberon Stradivari with a willow back, made for him by Robin.
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